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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mirror’s Edge is based on the action/adventure game of the same name made for consoles and PC, but that it is less visceral. Players see their “runner” (a courier in a city controlled by oppressive authorities) sprint across a side-scrolling environment avoiding obstacles and sometimes knocking down or kicking enemies who shoot at her. She can die, but there is no blood.
Is it any good?
MIRROR’S EDGE manages to retain the look and feel of the console game upon which it is based, despite a switch from first-person perspective to a simpler side-scrolling format. The original game’s “beware of big brother” message comes through in the story, which focuses on a female courier with amazing parkour (acrobatic running) skills who ferries messages through a city in which the free flow of information has been stifled by an oppressive regime. The action is similar as well, though not quite as intense. Simple and intuitive swipes make your runner leap over obstacles, wall jump, slide under barriers, and, when necessary, drop-kick gun-wielding adversaries, knocking them out so you can continue on without risk of being shot. It looks great, offers a good challenge, and is a lot of fun.